- A chronic condition is a health issue that is long-term or lifelong.
- If untreated, it can cause complications that can make you unwell and unable to cope with everyday life.
- If you have a chronic condition, then your risk of severe COVID-19 is higher, but you may just have it mildly.
- The goal of treating a chronic condition is to control it and to prevent complications.
Manage your chronic condition
Understand your chronic condition
Ask your health worker for help
if you have any questions.
Have a healthy lifestyle
- Get active!
- Eat healthily.
Don’t smoke or abuse alcohol or drugs Ask for help to stop if you need it.
Look after your mental health
- Spend time with supportive friends or family.
- Find a creative or fun activity to do.
- Do a relaxing breathing exercise each day.
Take your medication reliably
Adhere to your treatment to help control your condition, prevent complications and keep you well.
Don’t miss your appointments
- Keep all your appointments at the clinic.
- Ask someone to collect your medication while you cannot leave home.
Get help when you need it
- Phone a helpline for advice about coping with a chronic condition.
- Chat to a relative or friend.
- Find out if you qualify for a disability grant if your chronic condition makes it difficult for you to work.